Dear budget-minded overclockers, your party is about to end. Intel is officially launching a microcode update that will stop all overclocking of non-K Skylake CPUs. This update won’t let the overclockers mount the bclock setting on a non-K processor and raise the speed of the chip. Non-K processors were ideal for PC builders before and significantly less costly than Intel processors.
“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” an Intel spokesman told PCWorld. “The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications.”
If you are a non-K processor owner you can skip the update by ignoring any bios updates to the motherboard within the custom build. Such a move from Intel is definitely precedential. Formerly, the company shut the door on overclocking with cheaper H-series and B-series chipsets that drove people to expensive Z-series chipset motherboards.
Overclocking was never accepted by Intel. The company warranty doesn’t cover damages by overclocking. Not only that, the company still doesn’t inspire you to overclock even if you purchase Intel’s replacement policy to cover nuking an overclocked chip. Probably Intel suspects that overclocking cheaper chips could abuse the company’s warranties. And as most motherboards are likely to incorporate the update, it is not wise to buy a cheap chip and overclocked it.